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The SNP's fantasy economics on pensions

The SNP’s business minister Ivan McKee MSP has repeated suggestions that the party’s plan for an independent Scotland would involve the rest of the UK being responsible for the pensions bill.

Footage has emerged of Ivan McKee saying pensioners in a separate Scotland would receive payments from "the UK pot”.

It follows remarks from Ian Blackford earlier this year suggesting Scotland would be “properly compensated” by UK pensions.

Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:

“This fantasy economics insults people’s intelligence.

“It’s incredible that the SNP thinks a foreign country would be happy to pay the pensions of those in a neighbouring country.

“This isn’t just an off-the-cuff remark. Two senior SNP figures have now made this statement, and they clearly believe this is going to be the case.

“It’s a crass and irresponsible position, and voters will see right through it.

“Of course, Scots currently pay into and benefit from the UK pension pot – and that’s yet another reason why we should remain as a central and influential part of the UK.”

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